Receiver & Speakers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by John*W, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. John*W

    John*W Auditioning

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    Going to be shopping for a home theater setup this fall. Went to a local home theater center and checked out some gear. I listened to a Denon(don't remember which model but pretty much the same features as the NAD)vs. a NAD T752 through Monitor Audio Silver Series S6 speakers. To me the NAD blew away the Denon. What experiences has anyone had with NAD pros and cons of this receiver.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    John, NAD enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence — but so does Denon. May I ask in what way the NAD "blew away" the Denon? The speakers are the determining factor in the sound you hear.
     
  3. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Jack,
    According to his post he heard them both thru the same set of speakers. I know some folks including yourself don't believe things like receivers sound different but the dacs and what not inside a receiver can affect the way it sounds and indeed that may be what he is hearing. Though if you want to talk about "the sound" it could be a threadfart so we best let that dead horse stay down.

    My personal experience with Denon and NAD is that NAD is a very simple design w/o the frills and Denon has a few frills on their units that I could live w/o. Both sound very good but it depends on what you are after. The NAD I heard was very impressive to say the least but when I upgrade next I plan on skipping receivers all together [​IMG]

    So..
    Pros:
    Very well built
    Very nice sound(I' call it the warm side of neutral for lack of a better term)
    Very robust amp. Good for low ohm loads.
    All the basics

    Cons:
    So so remote
    Low on frilly features like 5 channel stereo and component video upconversion(which is a good thing to some folks).
     
  4. John*W

    John*W Auditioning

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    What I thought as "blew away" was that the Denon had a lot of background noise through the speakers whereas the NAD came through nice and clear. Thanks for the info.
     
  5. Luis M

    Luis M Second Unit

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    Jack,
    (According to his post he heard them both thru the same set of speakers. I know some folks including yourself don't believe things like receivers sound different but the dacs and what not inside a receiver can affect the way it sounds
    and indeed that may be what he is hearing).

    Hey, What a relief, I was about to trade my SR8200 Marantz for a $200.00 Kenwood receiver.
     
  6. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    I didn't know that Jack said all that by asking for clarification. Hearing a substantial amount of noise coming from the Denon would strike me as something being quite amis and not typical. But if you like the NAD that much then by all means buy it.
     
  7. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    And Chu, again, nails it.

    Luis, your Marantz offers a plethora of features and power that would in itself differentiate it from a $200 entry-level unit. And, yes, with that power in mind you would hear a difference in terms of tansient response and ease of handling difficult, demanding signals.
     
  8. Luis M

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    Thank you Jack, I was just having some fun.
     

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